The Menu is a refreshing satire that never takes itself seriously. It follows Anya-Taylor Joy’s Margo as she is unknowingly reeled into a world that she doesn’t belong to. Margo meets various personalities at a restaurant on a private island run by the esteemed head chef, Slowik (Ralph Fiennes), who has an agenda for his privileged guests that goes beyond just serving quality food—a plan that goes awry upon Margo’s unexpected arrival.
Set in 1990s Detroit, Eminem stars as Jimmy Smith Jr., aka Rabbit, in 8 Mile—a gritty and realistic underdog story in the hip hop scene.
Loosely based on the events of Eminem’s life before fame, the story follows a talented rapper who can never find the courage he needs when he reaches the microphone on stage.
There’s nothing better than watching a movie where people somehow get themselves stuck in the worst situations. In the midst of hundreds of terrible movie decisions, we have this subgenre of horror where the movie is about characters trying to escape a terrible place. Niche but effective at targeting our biggest fears. Here are the ones we recommend:
Every year when October comes around, we appreciate classics like Scream (1996), Poltergeist (1982), and Psycho (1960). We also get a handful of your typical slasher or jumpscare-riddled films that overflow the theaters. But what separates new releases from this never-ending pattern of commercialized Halloween horror is just how inventive and experimental directors are willing to get.
The Fall 2022 Film Studies Crew presents our top picks for the fall season. Throw on a knitted sweater, grab a warm mug of coffee, and enjoy!
Jumpscares have become a defining aspect of horror movies in recent years. The new addition to the genre, Smile, is yet another example that begs the question: does true horror need jumpscares?
Continue reading Smile: Another Jumpscare-Riddled Addition to the Horror Genre
With his upcoming movie, Amsterdam, releasing this October 7th, it’s as good a time as any to do the impossible task of choosing Christian Bale’s five best performances. If you agree or even if you disagree with some of these, let us know on our instagram (@fiufilmstudies). Without further ado, let’s get into the rankings!